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Dr. Michael Fowler

Associate Professor and Personnel Rep

Department of Military & Strategic Studies

Contact Information

(719) 333-3255


Boards / Memberships

Peer Reviewer for Foreign Policy Analysis

Peer Reviewer for Democracy and Security

Peer Reviewer for Journal of Intelligence Studies

Peer Reviewer for Journal of Strategic Security

Member, International Studies Association (ISA)

Member, International Security Studies Section of ISA

Member, Intelligence Studies Section of ISA

Member, International Association for Intelligence Education (IAFIE)

Member, Center for Emerging National Security Affairs (CENSA)


Ph.D., Security Studies – Naval Postgraduate School, 2010

Dissertation “Deepening Democracy” proposed a supply & demand model to explain the impacts of political violence and economics upon political processes

M.S., International Relations – Troy State University, 2006

M.B.A., Finance – Western International University, 1999

B.S., Military History – U.S. Air Force Academy, 1993

Professional Experience

Chief of Assessment, Military & Strategic Studies (MSS) Department, USAF Academy, (2018+)

Deputy Head, MSS Department, USAF Academy, (2017-2018)

Deputy for Curriculum, MSS Department, USAF Academy, (2014-2017)

Chief of Comparative Strategy Division, MSS Department, USAF Academy, (2013-2014)

Teaching Experience

Assistant / Associate Professor, US Air Force Academy; taught classes in:

Introduction to Strategic Studies and Joint Military Operations

Military Strategies of Africa and the Middle East

Logistics and Strategy in the Western Hemisphere

Command and Control

Joint Targeting and Strategy

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (as Associate Professor Adjoint)

History of U.S. Intelligence and National Security

Naval Postgraduate School: Comparative Politics (Adjunct Instructor, 2010)

Park University: Introduction to U.S. Military History; Financial Management (adjunct instructor, 2000)

Military Experience

Operations: Unified Protector, Odyssey Dawn, Hurricane Katrina Relief, Southwest Asia

Chief of Collection Strategies and Assessments, US Africa Command, (2011-2013)

Chief of Regional Planning, Intelligence Directorate, US Africa Command, (2010-2011)

Inter-agency Deputy Chief, rapid task force, US Northern Command, (2006-2007)

Deputy Knowledge Officer, rapid task force, US Northern Command, (2004-2006)

Software program officer for intelligence & air operations, (2001-2004)

Lead trainer for B-52 crew certification for nuclear control procedures, (1999-2001)

Course Director, F-16 Intelligence Course, (1996-1999)

F-16 Unit Intelligence Officer, (1994-1996)

Honors & Awards

2010 Naval Postgraduate School Outstanding Air Force Graduate Award

2011 Africa Command’s Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Officer of the Year

2016 Department Outstanding Researcher of the Year

2020 Department Civilian of the Year

Research and Scholarly Interests

Conflict in South Sudan, Somalia, Libya, and the Trans Sahel

The intersection of Military Strategy with Intelligence Studies

Security Cooperation as a Strategic Tool


War and the Art of Intelligence (forthcoming 2023 with Cambria Press) 

“Bridging the Academic Gap: OSINT Support to Military Planning,” Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies (forthcoming Spring 2023) 

Lead Editor with Ryan Burke and Jahara Matisek, Military Strategy, Joint Operations, and Airpower, 2nd edition (DC: Georgetown University Press, 2022). 

“Constructing a Compellence Strategy,” in Burke, Fowler, and Matisek (2022). 

“Intelligence, ISR, and Strategy,” in Burke, Fowler, and Matisek (2022). 

Co-authored with James Davitch, “Framing Wicked Problems to Analyze the Operational Environment,” in Burke, Fowler, and Matisek (2022). 

Co-authored with Ryan Burke, “Analyzing Centers of Gravity,” in Burke, Fowler, and Matisek (2022). 

“Comparing Compellence Strategies,” Comparative Strategy Vol. 40, Iss. 3 (June 2021), 256-267. 

“Strategies for Peace,” in Henry F. Carey, ed., Peacebuilding Paradigms: The Impact of Theoretical Diversity on Implementing Sustainable Peace (Cambridge University Press, 2021) 

Co-authored with Jahara Matisek, “The Paradox of Security Force Assistance After the Rise and Fall of the Islamic State in Syria-Iraq,” Special Operations Journal Vol. 6, Iss. 2 (October 2020), 118-138. 

“The Rise of the Present Unconventional Character of War,” Strategy Bridge (Nov. 4, 2019), at https://thestrategybridge.org/the-bridge/2019/11/4/the-rise-of-the-present-unconventional-character-of-warfare 

“Intelligence Security Cooperation: Developing Intel Partners,” Journal of European and American Intelligence Studies (June 2019) 

Collection Policy and Planning,” in Florina Cristina Matei and Carolyn Halladay, eds., The Conduct of Intelligence in Democracies: Processes, Practices, Cultures (Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2019). 

Assistant Editor with Ryan Burke and Kevin McCaskey, Military Strategy, Joint Operations, and Airpower (DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018). 

“Ways of War: Constructing a Compellence Strategy,” in Burke, Fowler, and McCaskey, eds., Military Strategy, Joint Operations, and Airpower (DC: Georgetown University Press, 2018). 

“Intelligence, ISR, and Strategy,” in Burke, Fowler, and McCaskey (2018). 

“Constructing Effects: a Strategic Theory of Security Cooperation,” in Burke, Fowler, and McCaskey (2018). 

“The Air Force’s Predictive Battlespace Awareness: The Siren Song of Ender’s Game,” International Journal of Intelligence and Counterintelligence Vol. 29, Issue 1 (2016), 98-109. 

“The Future of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” Global Security and Intelligence Studies, Volume 1, Number 1 (Fall 2015) 

Democratic Equilibrium: the Supply and Demand of Democratic Change (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2015) 

A Brief Survey of US Democracy Promotion in US Foreign Policy,” Democracy and Security, Volume 11, Issue 3 (4 Sep 2015), 227-247. 

“The Strategy of Drone Warfare,” Journal of Strategic Security 7, No. 4 (2014), 108-119. 

“Mexico: a Case of Hybrid Warfare,” in Robert Tomes, Paul Brister, and Thomas Schiller, eds., “Hybrid Warfare: Transnational Threats and Policy Choices for an Era of Persistent Conflict” (Center for Emerging National Security Affairs: 2011)  

“Philippine Counterinsurgency Strategy: Then and Now,” Small Wars Journal (Jan 2011)